Meanwhile in the Democrat hellhole of San Francisco…
San Francisco’s only In-N-Out burger location in Fisherman’s Wharf was closed by the SF Department of Public Health last Thursday because employees refused to check vaccine passports.
San Francisco requires people to prove they are fully vaccinated against Covid in order to go to restaurants, gyms, theaters, bars, clubs and other indoor establishments.
“After closing our restaurant, local regulators informed us that our restaurant Associates must actively intervene by demanding proof of vaccination and photo identification from every Customer, then act as enforcement personnel by barring entry for any Customers without the proper documentation,” read a statement from In-N-Out’s Chief Legal and Business Officer Arnie Wensinger.
“As a Company, In-N-Out Burger strongly believes in the highest form of customer service and to us that means serving all Customers who visit us and making all Customers feel welcome. We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government,” he continued.
In-N-Out has since re-opened but only for outdoor dining and takeout after being lectured and intimidated by inspectors from the Department of Public Health.
A spokesperson for the San Francisco Department of Public Health confirmed the restaurant was issued a “final” notice of closure on Thursday after public health officials had “directly informed In-N-Out representatives multiple times about the proof of vaccination requirement,” while the location’s property owner, Anchorage Holdings LP, was issued a notice of violation. Health officials first visited the restaurant on Sept. 24 after receiving a complaint via the city’s 311 service line.
“The business was instructed to cease all operations on site immediately because of the threat it poses to public health,” read a statement from the department, noting COVID-19 vaccinations are important for people gathering in public indoor settings, particularly when they are removing their masks to eat and drink, which can make it easier for the virus to spread. “Since the Notice of Closure was issued, the business has taken steps to comply and has since resumed operations for outdoor dining and take-out only.”
Wensinger, however, described the order as “unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe to force our restaurant Associates to segregate Customers into those who may be served and those who may not, whether based on the documentation they carry, or any other reason.”
“We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their business. This is clear governmental overreach and is intrusive, improper, and offensive,” he wrote.